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My friends call me the "grammar goddess." Really. ;-) I own a freelance writing, editing and tutoring business. Previously, I served three years as food editor for The Morning Sun in Mt. Pleasant, which kindled my interest in food writing. My other areas of expertise in writing include features, community news, architecture/construction and engraving/personalization. I have a frightening number of cookbooks and watch too many DIY, HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Antiques Roadshow (BBC and PBS versions) shows. And I tweak nearly every recipe I make.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Help Stamp Out Hunger!

This entry is not exactly about your healthy eating, but rather, someone else’s. The U.S. Postal Service’s letter carriers will be collecting food by our mailboxes … right here in Oakland County and around the country to help “stamp out hunger.”

That’s right: the Stamp Out Hunger! food drive is slated for this Saturday, as in tomorrow. Just leave a strong bag full of non-perishables that won’t break Saturday when your letter carrier picks it up while delivering your mail. Some good choices are canned, unsalted vegetables (including beans and tomatoes) healthy versions of soups/stews (preferably without corn syrup), canned fruits in natural juice, canned tuna and salmon, dried pasta, tomato sauce, etc.

The collection, now in its 18th year, is a joint effort. According to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan’s website, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has the support of Campbell Soup Company, the U.S. Postal Service, Feeding America, Valpak, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the AFL-CIO, United Way Worldwide, Teamsters and Gleaners.

You can even get a reminder by texting STAMP 6 to 30305 so you won’t forget to put out the food.

Our neighbors to the west, in Livingston County, already did their part last Saturday, raising $11,000 and gathering 8,000 pounds of food, according to the Livingston County Press & Argus. I’m proud to say a friend of mine, Rick Beaudin, a local realtor, a.k.a. “The Pickney Pirate,” promoted the heck out of this event.

Let’s hope someday these efforts are truly successful and we accomplish the goal to Stamp Out Hunger!

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